Providence High baseball player Sam Fligel is the 2020 Charlotte Observer spring sports athlete of the year.
This year, the newspaper didn’t name all-star teams in individual sports like baseball, softball and track. The coronavirus pandemic ended spring seasons just after they got started.
Instead, we asked schools to nominate players who were stars in the classroom and stars in their communities. Some of the stories from the boys and girls candidates we got back were inspiring.
We named a boys spring sports team, which you will see below, and asked readers to vote for the winner.
Fligel won with a little more than 50 percent of the vote, topping Union Academy’s Jaden Sylvestre and Charlotte Country Day’s Foster and William Harris.
Fligel was Providence’s fourth catcher as a freshman. In his sophomore year, he split time on the junior varsity. By his junior year, a commitment to the weight